Live Review – The Killers (Bellahouston Park 19/08/14)

Firstly, if you’re reading this and in possession of an iPhone 5 that you pick-pocketed from me last night, I hope you had a shit night and continue to do so for years to come.

Admittedly, however, anyone who was in Bellahouston Park last night for the music would have struggled to have anything other than a really special night. There was a feeling that The Killers performed at the absolute peak of their powers and Master of Ceremonies Brandon Flowers conducted a 50,000-strong crowd as the sun set over Govan during one of the most memorable non-festival music events in recent times.

For those outside of Scotland, the welcome is always very warm and until I was stolen from last night, I’ve always held the people of Glasgow to be amongst the friendliest in the UK. Both support acts alluded to this, Miles Kane told the crowd he “always [loves] playing” in Glasgow, and Liam Fray of The Courteeners expressed how welcome the band always have been in “the second best city” in true Mancunian style, mirroring the words of Mani from The Stone Roses at Glasgow Green last year (I won’t mention it again, honest). After hour long sets from both Miles and The Courteeners, the crowd crammed to the front and at around 9.00pm, pink-blazered Brandon followed his band onto the stage.

Beginning with “Somebody Told Me” immediately enthused the crowd and following with another singalong, “Spaceman” the band had transfixed everyone in the park. After another couple of hits “Smile Like You Mean It” and “Human”, Brandon introduced the rest of the band, on the left hand side stood Dave Keuning who eased through a 2-minute long guitar solo to the elation of the crowd, after that, drummer Ronnie Vennucci Jnr. (who later Brandon suggested the band should set onto one young man who was doing everything possible to disrupt the encore by fighting) embarked on a drum solo, giving every bit of power to the drums and snapping both drumsticks in the process. A flawless cover of “Bad Moon Rising” followed, breaking up the assault of a set that was packed with greatest hits. However it was the second cover that was even better-received, “Don’t You Forget About Me” by Scottish band Simple Minds was sung back to the band by almost everyone at the gig. My personal favourite Killers song, “All These Things That I’ve Done” is something I never thought I’d see live, and the refrain of “I got soul but…”   was nothing short of spine-tingling.

After the interruption of the unruly teenager during the encore, The Killers played what they described as their “two best songs” in “When You Were Young” and everyone’s favourite “Mr. Brightside” made the always-smiling Brandon grin even more as he ran off stage, leaving the rest of the band to show their appreciation as well as receiving it. Vocally, Flowers was exceptional. Instrumentally, the band were second to none. They;re arguably the best band of their type, with a setlist to prove it, but whether they have another album in them is questionable. The most recent Springsteen-esque LP “Battle Born” received as many critical views as plaudits and maybe the end of this era is imminent, until a multi-million pound reunion in a few years time. Or maybe they’ll stick around for while, Glasgow would have them again for sure.


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